IPM is a huge draw
One of the largest exhibitions in the continent returns to the district this year.
The 2015 Stormont Dundas and Glengarry International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) will be held near Finch September 22 to 26.
The 2011 IPM was hosted by Prescott-Russell in Chute-àBlondeau, east of Hawkesbury, attracdting 72,000 visitors.
Over 1,200 volunteers helped to stage that event.
Organizers of the Finch exhibition recently signed the host agreement with the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA).
IPM Chairman Jim Brownell reminded volunteers and community leaders who attended the event, that while the paper work is now in place, many volunteer hours and commitment to the event really began in early 2012. “When I was asked to be chair of the IPM committee in March 2012, shortly after the bid was accepted by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, I can tell you there was already a dedicated group in place ready to make this IPM the best one yet,” he said after the signing was complete.
Cathy Lasby, Executive Director of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association congratulated the volunteers on the organization and hard work that has already been done. “When you come into this county you can feel the buzz,” she said. “You can feel it already. And it spreads very quickly.”
Also unveiled to hails of enthusiasm were mock-ups of two billboard sized signs soon to be installed on Highway 43 west of Finch and at the IPM site on Concession Road 2-3 and Highway 12.
The IPM is the largest show of its kind in North America. Studies show economic impacts as high as $20 million are generated from tourists and event operations. Over 60 per cent of visitors travel more than 40 kilometres to attend the event.
The IPM souvenir store in Finch is staffed by volunteers. Available now for the first time are advance, adult tickets to the 2015 SDG IPM for $15. “This is a savings of $2 and will be of interest to those who want the convenience of purchasing prematch,” says Kathy McIntyre, co-chair of the souvenir committee. “We think they’d be great for birthdays, Mother’s Day or that often difficult Father’s Day gift.” Gift certificates are also available.
The 2015 SDG IPM store is well stocked with great IPM apparel, active wear, workout accessories, jewelry, and the very popular carved walking sticks. “And there is still a good supply of the 2015 SDG IPM Cookbooks which showcase some of the finest cooks in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry,” she adds. The cookbook and souvenir sales are an important source of revenue for the 2015 SDG IPM. The store is Iocated at the 2015 SDG IPM headquarters, 9A John Street, Finch, across the street from the North Stormont Arena. To visit the store by appointment, call Ellen MacNaughton at 613-984-2520.
MULTIPLE ATTRACTIONS: The IPM offers people a chance to demonstrate their skills with a plow, but the contest is just one of the many attractions. Make sure to check out the antiques.